James Craig

James Craig

Birth
Dundee, Dundee City, Scotland
Death 28 May 1942 (aged 19)
Van Zandt County, Texas, USA
Burial Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Plot R.A.F. Plot. Grave 7.
Memorial ID 7866676 View Source
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Craig was born on December 9th, 1922 to Mr. and Mrs. John Craig of Dundee, Angus, Scotland. He served as Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was in Course No. 7 at No. 1 British Flying Training School, and information about him can be found in the school's first yearbook, which includes courses four through seven. His service number is 1342764. Craig died on May 28th in 1942 after accidentally crashing into the beacon light at 9:00 in the morning in the Wills Point auxiliary field. He was only nineteen years old. His body rests in Oakland Memorial Park, R.A.F. Plot, grave number seven. James Craig was in Course #7 of the No. 1 British Flying Training School in Terrell, Texas.

At the back wall of the nearby Church of the Good Shepherd can be seen the Royal Air Force ensign. There is a plaque underneath reading:
This Royal Air Force ensign was presented to the City of Terrell by Her Majesty's Air Attache to the United States on the 1st June 1952 on behalf of the Royal Air Force.
Although this ensign is symbolic of the joint victories won in the air by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force in WWII it nevertheless also represents a victory of friendship rather than of war. Her Majesty's Royal Air Force, through this ensign, acknowledges with the deepest gratitude, the kindness and hospitality so willingly given by the citizens of Terrell to the Royal Air Force pilots who were trained at No.1 British Flying Training School during the war.


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1342764 R.A.F. 'Peacefully sleeping far away from home and his dear ones.'